Online Program

Strengthing Public Health through Web Based Data Query Systems

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Manik Ahuja, Ph.D., Center for Public Health and Health Policy, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT
Background and Objectives:   Resolution of many of the challenging health problems facing the U.S. requires high-quality health data at the local level. It can help health disparities and lead to targeted interventions. Information technology makes local health data more easily available to the public through Web Based Data Query Systems (WDQSs).   While, WDQSs have great potential, they aren’t being used to their potential.  There are many barriers than contribute to these factors including data sharing, cost, and IT development.  The objective of this study is to help us understand these barriers so we can maximize the potential of WDQSs.

Methods:  A four round Delphi study was conducted based off a panel of 15 experts.  A 5-point Likert scale was administered consisting of four major topics that included data sharing, cost, IT development, and 42 questions, and four open ended questions.  We calculated IQR and the mean for each item in the survey to determine if there was consensus.  An IQR of less than 1 and where >= 80% of the experts ranked as >= 4 on a five-point scale is considered to be in consensus

Results:  Of the 42 items surveyed, 16 items in consensus. According to the panel of experts, challenges associated with data sharing and cost were significant barriers to successful implementation.   IT development and usability challenges were not considered to be major barriers.

Conclusions:  Overall, further research needs to be conducted on how to improve data sharing with state level query systems. 

Learning Objectives: Participants should be able to

1) Identify data sharing, cost, and IT development barriers associated with state level public health query systems

Learning Areas:

Communication and informatics
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate data sharing, cost, and IT development barriers associated with state level public health query systems.

Keyword(s): Information Technology, Surveillance

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a graduate assistant (Ph.D candidate in Public Health) at the Center of Public Health and Health Policy at the University of Connecticut. I have expertise in health policy, health informatics, and a strong background in public health. Among my scientific interests has been developing strategies for the dissemination of aggregate level public health data at the local level.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.